International week, how did Super Eagles players perform at their clubs over the weekend? We start with Israel based duo of John Ogu and Anthony Nwakaeme.
After missing Hapoel Beer Sheva’s last two games, Ogu was back in his team’s starting eleven and performed like he never left in their 2-0 away win at Maccabi Petach Tikva, where compatriot, Nwakaeme, was also on show and back among the goals. Nwakaeme’s 77th minute goal against Petach, was his fourth league goal of the season, a goal way to respond to firing blanks in the Europa League days earlier.
In the Norwegian league, newly invited Chidiebere Nwakali played for 71 minutes, in Sogndal’s 2-0 loss to Tromso. It was Nwakali’s tenth game of the season, but was helpless as the relegation candidates lost for the third time in five games.
Tyronne Ebuehi has been a constant feature for his Dutch side, ADO Den Haag in the Eredivisie this season, and that didn’t change when they hosted and held Champions Feyenoord to a 2-2 draw, with the 21-year-old lasting the duration of the game.
In Cyprus, it was back to winning ways for Abdullahi Shehu and Anorthosis, as they defeated Olympiakos Nicosia 5-1 at home with the versatile Shehu lasting the 90.
Wilfred Ndidi, Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Leicester City: Ndidi lasted the 90 and provided an assist in Leicester’s 2-2 draw with Stoke City at the Bet365 stadium Vs Stoke City, Iheanacho and Musa will have to do more as there were no changes to their situation at the club. Iheanacho was a second substitute. Musa, perhaps the handwriting in the wall is more than clear now failed to make the match day squad again.
Victor Moses, Chelsea
Victor Moses watched on as Chelsea defeated Manchester United 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Moses has been out due to an injury since their 1-0 loss to Man City and expectedly missed the game against the side managed by his former manager, Jose Mourinho.
Alex Iwobi, Arsenal
After missing the last two Arsenal games, Iwobi made a return to the Arsenal’s 3-1 loss to Manchester City at the Etihad.
However, it turned out an uneventful return for the playmaker, who struggled to assert himself in the game, though he had a hand in his team’s consolation goal after combining well with Aaron Ramsey to set up Alexandre Lacazette.
Ola Aina, Hull City
Aina was on from start to finish as Hull City were at the receiving end of a 4-1 thrashing at Bramall Lane by Sheffield United. The defender was also booked in that encounter, as the Tigers conceded three or more goals and lost for the third consecutive match.
In the French Ligue 1, Chidozie Awaziem was conspicuously missing as Nantes bounced back from back-to-back league defeats to beat Toulouse 2-1 at home.
In the German Bundesliga, Leon Balogun found himself on the bench for the second consecutive week, as Mainz 05 salvaged a point at Borussia Park, against Borussia Mochengladbach.
For Super Eagles contingents in the Turkish’s Super Lig, it was a weekend of draws.
William Troost-Ekong, Mikel Agu, Bursaspor and Kenneth Omeruo, Kasimpasa
There were no victors in this war amongst brothers, as Bursaspor and Kasimpasa shared the spoils after a 2-2 draw.
But while Troost-Ekong and Omeruo lasted the duration of the game, Agu only played 46 minutes.
Elsewhere, after their excellent win against Galatasaray, Ogenyi Onazi’s Trabzonspor were held to a disappointing goalless draw by Kayserispor, with Onazi particularly underwhelming, and was substituted just before half time.
Sivasspor recorded a win over Konyaspor, with injured left back, Elderson Echiejile, expectedly missing.
In Belgium, Henry Onyekuru was once again caged in Anderlecht’s goalless affair with Club Brugge, while Simon Moses and KAA Genk were also held to a goalless draw by Lokeren.
For Uche Agbo’s Standard Liege, they fell 1-0 to Lokeren, with Agbo on parade.
Finally, in Portugal, out of favour Super Eagle, Oghenekaro Etebo, played for 90 minutes but was unable to prevent CD Feirense from a 1-0 loss to Maritimo